Since its creation the University Foundation has developed initiatives to support scientific research in Belgium. These activities have evolved over time, because the University Foundation aims to be complementary to other bodies (government agencies, FWO/FNRS …).
Our main initiatives are currently:
- financial support for the publication of scientific works (books, journals, papers),
- the organization of scientific meetings (Ethical Forum, Rebel),
- providing facilities for the organization of scientific and academic activities by external organizations.
In an offical ceremony at the University Foundation on Tuesday December 12, 2016, the biannual Fernand Collin Prize for Law was awarded to dr. Sofie Cools for her Ph. D. thesis “De bevoegdheidsverdeling tussen algemene vergadering en raad van bestuur in de NV”, published by Roularta Media Group, 2015, 735 p. She obtained her Ph. D. from the KU Leuven in 2014 with Professor Koen Geens as supervisor.
The composition of the jury was as follows: H. Bocken (chairman), K. Byttebier, K. Byttebier, H. Cousy, B. Deconinck, F. Deruyck, P. Popelier, H. Swennen, M. Van Damme, W. Van Eeckhoutte, A. Van Oevelen, I. Verougstraete, J. Wouters and A. Wylleman.
The 15th Ethical Forum took place at the University Foundation on Thursday December 8, 2016, and addressed the question "Is Academia a place for women? The strenuous road from Ph. D. student to rector." The ecvent was very successful, with very good presentations and a lively discussion.
Professor Walter Van Gerven, for many years president of the jury for the Fernand Collin Prize for Law, passed away on July 12, 2015.
The University Foundation provides financial support for various scientific publications (books, journals, papers), to promote the research carried out in Belgium.
A list of the recently sponsored publications with the relevant bibliographic references is available : books, papers, journals. A list of previously supported publications is also available .